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Global Summit: Project 40/40 Peeps Nigerians’ Emigration Stories

By Ajibola Abayomi,

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As arrays of international speakers are set to attend the global summit on diaspora and migration matters put together by a group of Nigerians under the aegis of the NGA Diaspora Project 40/40  slated for October 2 in Lagos at the CMD Conference Hall, Magodo, one of the major highlights of the conference will focus on the emigration of Nigerians dated back to 1981-2021.

Speakers across the continents are expected at the Simulcast/Hybrid Diaspora Global Conference to be streamed live in Austria, Belgium/Luxembourg chapters of Nigeria In Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE).
They include include Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, Ph.D (Partner & Chief Economist) PwC Nigeria; Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, MD/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM); Mr. Kingsley Aikins, the CEO of The Networking Institute, Ireland; Mr. Kabir Mohammed, Director Learning & Development; Centre for Management Development (CMD) and Mr. Abiodun Odunuga, the Vice President of Friends of Nigeria (FON, France).
In a statement issued by the Media Adviser of the Project, Ajibola Abayomi who doubles as the President of the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), he explained that the “NGA Diaspora Project 40/40 is a social impact and creative Diaspora Engagement Initiative with the sole aim of bridging the existing gap between Nigerians at home and abroad.
“We are leveraging on the symbolism of the number 40 to inspire a new narrative for Nigeria and Nigerians in general. The 40/40 represents 40 years of the “Nigerian emigration trends between 1981 – 2021.
“The initiative seeks to highlight the major wave of emigration history of the Nigerian Diaspora specifically narrowing it to between 1981 to 2021 out of which 40 stories about the good, the bad and the ugly diasporans would be crowd-sourced within the Nigerian Diaspora community across the world.
The stories would highlight lessons learnt, facilitate and amplify awareness on the available opportunities through shared experiences on regular migration and tips on best practices for the young Nigerians to copy.”
Ajibola harped on the goals of NGA Project 40/40 to include: “Championing of  advocacy on safe, regular and orderly migration; collate and share both the good and challenging stories of Nigerians in diaspora, celebrate their good side manifesting in remittances, investments, brain regain and sharing best practices learned abroad; recognize the bold steps taken by them to improve Nigeria through the provision of infrastructures with support on investments and bridge the existing gap between the diasporas and fellow citizens at home”.
The summit will also feature a launch of an autobiography on one of the founding members of NIDOE Austria, Oluyemi Ogundele, and other publications.
The Project 40/40 and the Global Diaspora Conference is proudly sponsored and supported by Middlechase Property Ltd and Brandcomms International, MADphilips Development Company Ltd.
Other collaborators and strategic partners are NiDCOM, Centre for Management Development (CMD), JIFORM, Ecobank PLC, Wakaati TV, The Networking Institute, Everbill GmbH, Knowledge City, Creative Options and Oga Landlord Property Ltd.
Registration for the event is FREE. Click on the link below to register now https://ngadiasporaproject4040.com/event-registration

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